HTC One was announced around a week back, but even before its release, the benchmark results of the device were revealed, thanks to various leaks online. The results of the popular benchmarking tool, Antutu4 put HTC One right on top of the table with 38,815 points. This was higher than all other flagships currently announced in the market, like Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 etc.
While people were happy about this impressive performance from the newly announced device, according to new reports, the benchmark results may not reveal the true performance of the phone. These reports claim that when HTC One was tested on a slightly different tool from the same makers (AnTuTu), the results were quite different than the original app. This may mean that HTC One comes with certain performance boosting code which speeds up the performance of the device when running benchmark tests.
According to Taiwan based website, ePrice, when Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2 were tested on two different benchmarking tools namely AnTuTu 4 and AnTuTu X, the results were quite identical. But when the website tried this with HTC One, the results varied significantly.
On the traditional AnTuTu 4 version, HTC One managed a score of 38,815 points which is higher than any other competitors like S5 and Z2. On the other hand, testing it on the similar AnTuTu X app revealed a quite lower score of 27,171. This means that there is a difference of 11,664 points between the two results, which is not normal. Others managed a similar score in these two tests which means HTC One may have some performance boosting code when running benchmark tests.
But this won’t be the first time a manufacturer has tried doing this, as Samsung was accused of using a similar code on their Galaxy devices to boost the test results. Benchmark results have a very significant impact on the overall review of the device and hence, many manufacturers try to optimize their handsets to manage better scores than rivals.
However, according to CNN, HTC is considering this as a potential feature rather than cheating. The company spokesperson explained that this was a feature on the device and just like high performance sports car engines, HTC One’s processor is tweaked to maximize performance in certain situations (like running a Benchmark results).
“Benchmarking tests look to determine maximum performance of the CPU and GPU and, similar to the engine in a high-performance sports car, our engineers optimize in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance. If someone would like to get around this benchmarking optimization there are ways to do so, but we think most often this will not be the case.” said HTC’s spokesperson.
So, HTC is not only saying that they are tweaking HTC One when running benchmark results, but also considering it as a potential feature of the device. The company aims to bring this to US HTC One devices too in the coming future via a software update.
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